Archive for July, 2011



If you have upgraded to Lion? Then you might have noticed that in the Mac App Store Xcode is now Free, instead of the original $4.99. Before only paid developers could get the newest version of Xcode. Otherwise if the public wants to use Apple’s Developer Tools they can only get the previous version of the tools. But now it’s free. Because of the 100% Price Drop, it has become #1 on the Top Free List (as of July 24th).

When you download Xcode from the Mac App Store, it all so includes the iOS SDK‘s, Mac SDK’s and other Dev Tool like Interface Builder and Instruments. So you get everything you need to build and iOS or Mac App, except you need to pay to submit it in to the App Store. However you will not be able to get certain things like iOS Beta’s, OS X Gold-Masters, Xcode Beta’s, etc. Those are still reserved for Paid Developers.

Xcode and the rest of the tools are great for programming, even for beginners. I am learning the Programming Language Objective – C and I only use Xcode. So for any of you who are interested in writing an App for any of Apple Platforms I advise you to download to Xcode. But beware it’s a huge download like Lion, so it will take a long time.

-MacMusings

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In just one day Apple’s new Mac Operating System, Lion, has been downloaded over Million Times! That’s over $30,000,000 in revenue. This pretty much shows how much of a success Lion is for Apple. It has been the Top Paid Download in since yesterday morning, and I think it will stay there for at least another week.

Even the ratings and reviews show how much customers are loving Lion. The average rating is just under 5 stars. These ratings are for July 22.

The thing that I think that is really pushing sales is the Price. I mean at on only $30 most people wouldn’t think twice about buying it. But I think there is a also one thing that is stopping it from becoming even more successful. It’s only available through the Mac App Store. If there was an option that people could buy a DVD online or at the Apple Store,  sales could’ve been higher. Buy anyway this is still a great feat for Apple.

If you are still on Snow Leopard and haven’t downloaded Lion yet, I recommend you download immediately. It’s an investment you won’t regret.

-MacMusings

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July 20th was a big day for Apple. They had 3 Major Hardware releases, 1 Software release, and one discontinuation.

Through the Mac App Store Apple released their next version of Mac OS X – Lion. It was around a 4GB File download. Over Wi-Fi on my laptop it took around 6 Hours to download. From 6 in the morning till Noon. After that it took around 30 Minutes to fully install. If certain people’s Internet connection is too slow to download Lion or they have a Bandwidth Cap, Apple is allowing users to bring their computer to an Apple Retail Store and download Lion from the Apple Store’s internet connection; for no extra Cost. For people who don’t have both if these options Apple is will sell a USB Flash Drive in August for $69, that’s a $40 Price Hike. Unless you’re willing to pay extra, really try and find a place to download Lion. Here is a link to the Press Release.

Apple updated their MacBook Airs to include Intel’s Ultra Low Voltage Core i5 and i7 Processors. They also put in Thunderbolt and brought back the old Backlit Keyboard. With their new CPU’s the MBA’s are almost 2.5 Times faster than the last-gen MacBook Airs. But everything else about the MacBook Air is the same; the price, Flash Storage, and RAM.

Apple also revised their entry-level Mac, the Mac Mini. The size is still the same but their are new CPU’s (Core i5 and i7) and new discrete GPU’s. You can add up to 8GB of RAM, SSD’s, and Faster Hard Drives. The new Mac Mini also includes Thunderbolt connectivity. Apple took out the SuperDrive from the Mac Mini. But you can buy a the MacBook Air Super Drive ($70) if you need to use DVD’s and CD’s. And Apple lowered the entry price to $599.

Lastly they introduced the Thunderbolt Display. It’s pretty much the same 27-in. Cinema Display Apple used to have except now it includes a FaceTime HD Camera and on the Back it has a Gigabit Ethernet Port, FireWire 800, 3 USB Ports, and an Extra Thunderbolt port. It still cost’s $999.

Now we come the the Unfortunate news. Do you remember that White polycarbonate MacBook that started at $999? Well Apple has discontinued that Product. So now the cheapest Apple Laptop you can buy is the 11-in MacBook Air. The MacBook used to be the most popular Mac before the 13-in MacBook Pro was released. But it was soon forgotten. May the MacBook Rest in Peace. Apple did say they will continue making the MacBook for education services.

Through out this week I will be posting more stuff on Lion and the new Mac’s, so keep out on the lookout.

-MacMusings

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Today Apple released financial information about their fiscal third quarter with a record for iPhone and iPad sales. Apple announced sales of $28.57 Billion and a Net Profit of $7.31 Billion. This was a around 3-4Billion more than what analysts had predicted. The Quarterly Earnings Call results were announced by Tim Cook and Peter Oppenheimer.

Apple Sold 20.34 Million iPhones that’s record high, even without Apple releasing a new phone in a year. Analysts think that it’s the Verizon (CDMA) iPhone and the White iPhone that are really driving sales. 9.25 Million iPads were sold, that’s a record for the iPad as well.

Unfortunately Apple sold only 3.95 Million Mac’s this quarter. So Mac sales were down. But there was a 59% growth in Mac ales in the Asia-Pacific Are. iPod sales were also down with only 7.54 Million iPods sold.

Apple additionally announced that Mac OS X 10.8 Lion will release tomorrow, July 19, in the Mac App Store. No information was given on time of release.

Overall this was a great Fiscal Quarter for Apple. Hopefully in the next Fiscal Quarter Mac and iPod sales will be higher.

-MacMusings

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Last Monday, the 11th, was my Birthday. And I went to the Apple Company Store. It’s the only place in the world where you can legally buy products with the Apple Logo on them. They also sell accessories Apple products, iPods, Apple TV’s, and the Mac Mini. But they don’t have a Genius Bar, Support, or a way to buy other Mac’s. So it’s very different from your average Apple Store.

Half the store is Apple Logo Stuff. There are a lot of shirts some with just the Apple Logo and some also with words. For example there was two shirts with words both which I liked. One said,”I visited the Apple Campus. But that’s all I’m allowed to say.” and another said, “I came. I saw. I bought a T-Shirt.” At the end I bought the second one because it was on a bright blue T-Shirt. There were collared shirts, sweatshirts, beanies, hats, and even stuff for babies. There were water bottles, lunch-bags, mugs, pens, key-chains, pens, pencils, and notebooks. I have to say the Prices were inflated. One shirt was $17, pens ranged form $3 to $30. Water-Bottle was $10 and a sweatshirt was $50. Well I guess that’s what you have to pay to wear Apple Swag. Along with the Shirt I bought a twisty pen, that writes amazingly smooth. Only thing is the ink is in a metal cylinder, I wonder where I could get refills?

Front of the T-Shirt

Back of the T-Shirt

Twist Pen

Overall it was an Amazing Birthday Experience and can’t wait to visit again. If you guys ever get the chance to visit the Bay Area the Apple Company Store must be on your places to see list.

-MacMusings

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Sorry, Pictures Down :(


Hello Readers.

Sorry but by mistake I deleted all the photos and videos from my Media Folder, so they don’t show up on the Blog. I am trying to get the pictures up as fast as possible. They should be up by next week.

-MacMusings

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